Lutzomyia davisi

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Lutzomyia davisi (Root, 1934)

This sandfly is found in South America and is the dominant sandfly species in some areas. It has been described as terrestrial, but also as arboreal and feeds on humans and other mammals like cattle. L. davisi is a vector of leishmaniasis and has been shown to carry Leishmania braziliensis (Pereira Júnior et al., 2019) and other Leishmania species (e.g. see Gil et al, 2003).

Taxonomically, L. davisi forms a species complex together with Lutzomyia amazonensis and Lutzomyia claustrei (Carvalho et al., 2006).

Synonyms:
Psychodopygus davisi